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England Covid case rates highest in schoolchildren aged 5 to 9, new figures reveal

England Covid case rates highest in schoolchildren aged 5 to 9, new figures reveal
England Covid case rates are now highest in schoolchildren aged 5 to 9, new data has revealed.

This age group has overtaken older, secondary school aged children for the first time, according to UK Health Security Agency data up to 14 November.

The report also shows 723 cases recorded per 100,000 among children aged five to nine – a week-on-week increase from 484.5 per 100,000 – which could be a reflection of the return of pupils to school after the half-term holiday in late October.

Meanwhile the rate for 10 to 19-year-olds is 694.2 up week-on-week from 571.7.

Prof Steven Riley, from the UKHSA said Covid rates continue to increase in those from younger age groups, and hospitalisations remain highest in people aged 85 and over.

He said: “More people than ever are eligible for second and booster doses – and it is as important as ever to get vaccinated or receive a booster jab as soon as you are offered one.

“Socialising indoors in places with poor ventilation increases the risk of infection. Help protect yourself and loved ones by opening windows and doors to ventilate the room when meeting people inside. Wash your hands regularly and wear a mask in crowded places. If you have any Covid-19 symptoms, stay at home and get a PCR test as soon as possible.”

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Meanwhile, a total of 46,807 new cases of Covid-19 in the UK were reported by the Government on Thursday – the highest number for a single day since October 22.

There were also 199 deaths within 28 days of a positive test recorded.
Of the 377 local areas in the UK, 314 (83%) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates, 62 (16%) have seen a fall and one is unchanged.

Torridge in Devon has the highest rate in the UK, with 602 new cases in the seven days to November 14 – equivalent of 876.0 per 100,000 people – which is up from 433.7 in the seven days to November 7.

Mid Ulster in Northern Ireland has the second highest rate, up from 421.6 to 783.5, with 1,167 new cases and Causeway Coast & Glens, also in the area, has the third highest rate, up from 477.4 to 774.1, with 1,122 new cases.

Gwynedd has the highest rate in Wales (702.2) and Clackmannanshire has the highest rate in Scotland.


The rate for 10 to 19-year-olds is 694.2 up week-on-week from 571.7